December 13, 2021 Update from the Mayor

December 13, 2021 Update from the Mayor

COVID Update

To date, there have been 1,914  Hickory Hills residents that have contracted COVID-19 throughout the course of the pandemic and 33 deaths.  The two most recent deaths occurred on December 4 and December 7.  Over the last few weeks there has been a 185% increase in COVID cases in Hickory Hills.  Unfortunately, only 48% of eligible Hickory residents are vaccinated.  Below is a chart with the ages of those residents who have died from COVID.  

I know that you have heard this often, but it bears repeating……Please remember to maintain social distancing, wear a mask in public whenever social distancing is not possible and for those who have no medical or bon a fide religious exemption, please consider getting vaccinated for your health and the health of others. 

Veteran’s Day Ceremony

On Thursday, November 11, 2021, the city held a Veteran’s Day Ceremony to honor all who served in the military for our great country.  Special thanks to all of the veterans from Palos Memorial Post 1993, Police Chaplain Joseph Mol, Army Vet Jim Kruse, Girl Scouts Sarah and Kathryn DuMoulin, our Hickory Hills Police Department and City Clerk Dee Catizone for their participation in this special event.  Also in attendance were members of the Hickory Hills City Council, Assistant Building Commission Marilyn Gabrysiak and Palos Township Assessor Bob Maloney. 

City Holiday Lights Celebration

Special thanks to Public Works, our Community Affairs Committee and the Stagg Madrigal Choir for making this a very special evening. Picture below from City Holiday Lights.

Pictured from left to right in back row: Chief Charles Hobart, Alderman Henry Kman, Alderman Scott Zimmerman, Alderman Joe Stachnik, Mike Howley

Front row left to right: Alderman Brian Fonte, Public Works Director Sue Lehr, Alderman Debbie Ferrero, City Clerk Dee Catizone, Alderman Pat Purtill

On Ground:  2nd Ward mascot Gunther the Great Dane

St. Bess Jerk Chicken  9348 S. Roberts Road  (Old Tastee Freez)

St. Bess Jerk Chicken recently opened in Hickory Hills in the old Tastee Freez building.  St. Bess also has locations in Chicago and Burbank.  Last week I ordered a ½ chicken white meat meal with two sides that also included a drink.  Chicken was excellent and so were the sides!   The place has great lunch specials as well.  I would encourage you to give it a try if you like jerk seasoned meats.   

Happy 96th Birthday to Danville, Illinois’ Dick Van Dyke….I grew up watching the Dick Van Dyke show so could not resist.    Just Dance

Stay Safe,

Mayor Mike